Improving Information Security Risk Analysis Practices for Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises: A Research

John Beachboard, Alma Cole, Mike Mellor, Steve Hernandez, Kregg Aytes, Nelson Massad
InSITE 2008  •  Volume 8  •  2008
Despite the availability of numerous methods and publications concerning the proper conduct of information security risk analyses, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) face serious organizational challenges managing the deployment and use of these tools and methods to assist them in selecting and implementing security safeguards to prevent IS security compromises. This paper builds a case for and then outlines a possible approach and a multi-faceted research agenda for developing an “open development” strategy to address recognized deficiencies in the area of risk analysis to include developing: a multi-level risk assessment methodology and set of decision heuristics designed to minimize the intellectual effort required to conduct SME infrastructure level risk assessments, a set of decision heuristics to assist in the quantification of organizational costs, financial as well as non-financial, a knowledge base of probability estimates associated with specified classes of threats for use in the application of the aforementioned methodology and automated tool(s) capable of supporting the execution of the aforementioned methodology and heuristics.
information security, information assurance, risk management, risk assessment, open source, open content
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